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What Does Inflammation Have To Do With Macular Degeneration?
October 04, 2018

What Does Inflammation Have To Do With Macular Degeneration?

"AMD is an ocular disease with inflammation strongly interwoven into its pathogenesis."

Inflammation and its role in age-related macular degeneration: Cell Mol Life Sci. 2016; 73:1765-1786

Chronic inflammation plays a role in many other diseases besides macular degeneration like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimers. The two forms of inflammation are acute and chronic.

Acute Inflammation

Acute inflammation occurs when there is a sudden illness or injury to the body - like the flu or a torn ligament. The body responds by making and sending cells that fight the disease or build and repair injured tissue. A mechanism of several inflammatory responses occur - like fever, swelling, or redness.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is a slow and ongoing response of the body whose immune system is constantly "on" and fighting, even when there is no imminent danger. You all know about anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen. So why not just take these drugs to control chronic inflammation? Even though these medications are over the counter, they still have some serious side effects.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

The best way to reduce chronic inflammation is through diet - by including certain foods and by staying away from harmful foods.

Did you know that fats can either promote inflammation or fight inflammation? Likewise sugar and refined flours are pro-inflammatory while vegetables and foods low in the glycemic index are anti-inflammatory.

To learn more about how you can reduce chronic inflammation go to:

How to Enjoy the Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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